Influent is a Language Learning Game focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation while giving players the freedom to learn what they want without pencils or books!
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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The game's User Interface is currently available in English, Japanese, Russian, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, European Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese

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May 8

Hindi Indie



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Taj Mahold on a second!

I thought the release of Influent's 18th Language Pack was going to be Dutch! Hindi is totally cool and all but what gives?? And while we're at it, what's the deal with all these language pack updates!? When are we actually gonna see some real content with more words and places to explore??

-said everyone together in unison

Content Conundrum

We hear you! And when I say we, I mean me and spooky. We feel the same way about Influent in regard to more content and we'll be making a forum post to address the unique challenges facing Influent. Understand that we are self-published and our core team consists of one programmer (me) and one web designer (spooky). This project is absolutely massive in scale and big environments require big resources. But more on that in the forums. Back to Hindi!

Hindi Breakdown

Hindi is now available on both Steam and the Humble Store for existing players as DLC for $4.99 USD. New players can pick up a copy of the base game packaged together with Hindi or any of the other currently available Language Packs for $9.99 USD.

Dutch Crunch

Dutch has been delayed due to a recording malfunction in which over a hundred audio pronunciation files were mysteriously lost at the recording studio. Therefore, the release of the Dutch language pack is on hold until we can arrange for another recording session to take place. More updates to follow and thanks to everyone for your patience.

We look forward to discussing the future of Influent with those within our community who have taken an interest in our game and its further development. Until then!

अलविदा!

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February 16

Danish Debut



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Scandinavian Success!

The release of Influent's 17th Language Pack marks the completion of all languages in the Scandinavian region! Well unless you count Iceland. Sorry Iceland! You're still really cool! No pun intended!

Danish is now available on both Steam and the Humble Store for existing players as DLC for $4.99 USD. New players can pick up a copy of the base game packaged together with Danish or any of the other currently available Language Packs for $9.99 USD.

Stay tuned for more languages coming soon. Next up, Dutch!

Held og lykke!

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Reviews

“Influent is a great way to learn new vocabulary. I love the idea and I love the execution. Influent gets a 9 out of 10.”
9/10 – http://www.gameskinny.com/cv8lb/influent-a-fun-supplement-to-language-learning

“It’s that gaminess that makes Influent stand out; it’s where it separates itself from the pack, chiseling a place in any respectable study round.”
4/5 – http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/05/28/review-influent/86161/

About This Game

Andrew Cross is infuriated!


For three long years, he sat confined to his work, developing a device that he firmly believed to be a technological breakthrough in the way people would interact with the world around them. A device that could scan any object in the real world and then provide its name in any language! Duly dubbing his fancy new invention the "SanjigenJiten," Andrew arranged an appointment to demonstrate the device's amazing capabilities at the world's largest technology corporation, Technoglobe International.


But while on his visit, he fell for a girl he met in the lab, and while she stole his heart, someone else silently stepped in and stole his device! Now, Technoglobe has gone and swiftly marketed the SanjigenJiten as their own, even laying claim to the very name he had so cleverly concocted!


But Andrew Cross has a plan. He's made an even better version of his SanjigenJiten and launched an online campaign, swearing to learn 300 words in a foreign language to raise awareness of Technoglobe's blatant theft and prove his device really works! But does the SanjigenJiten really work? Can Andrew actually pull it off?! Play Influent and find out!!!



“By immersing the player in the target language, Influent closely models the way we naturally learn our native language. I suggest giving Influent a try.”
-Steve Hammond, Somnambulant-Gamer

Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click! Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a right-click here and a right-click there, revealing more and more things to be learned! Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.

With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.

Influent: Language Learning Redefined.

  • Audio from native speakers
  • Synonym swap functionality
  • Learn at your own pace!
  • Fully interactive modern apartment
  • Over 420 words to collect and master
  • Includes Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs
  • 15+ Languages to choose from (more coming soon!)


  • How exactly should I purchase the game?
If you're confused about how to purchase the game, please read the following example about Mark and Patricia.

If Mark wants to learn Latin, he should purchase the "Influent - Latina [Learn Latin]" store item. If his wife Patricia then wants to learn Swedish, Mark should then purchase the DLC store item entitled "Influent DLC - Svenska [Learn Swedish]." This can also be done from Patricia's perspective and will have the exact same result with Patricia purchasing the Swedish base game and then also buying the Latin DLC for Mark, herself, or even anyone else, to use on the same computer.

  • Do you have plans to release more languages? When???
New Language Packs will be released as they are completed. A full list of languages that are coming soon can be found on the Official Website.


Check out the Community Hub for Frequently Asked Questions and other cool stuff!

A BRIEF BACKGROUND


Influent is a Language Learning Game focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation. It was initially developed in Japan at the University of Tsukuba's Entertainment Computing Laboratory under the Monbukagakusho Government Research Scholarship.

After research funding ran out, further funding from a wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign allowed for the completion of the game. A research paper on the ideas surrounding the game and its applications was published by the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), which can be viewed in its entirety here.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any (tested on Ubuntu)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
Customer reviews
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Mixed (15 reviews)
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Recently Posted
DodgeeD
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
I am a language teacher and was given a free copy by the developers to review.

It is great as a platform for vocabulary acquisition but you are not going to learn a new language just by exploring somebody's apartment! I would prefer it if the developers focused on expanding the game world rather than adding more and more languages...

I will give this a thumbs up as it helped me learn quite a few French words in a short space of time. I learnt no grammar and very little I could use when speaking to people. As I said great as a 'vocabulary learning game' but not really the 'language learning game' the developers promote it as.
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Grim Gravy
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
The motion sickness is horrible in this game.
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Butterfly Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Good game, please add more languages, maybe greek, hebrew, ya know the older ones :)
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CAKS
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
concept is different and not so bad. Worth trying . Hope everyone will like it.
But please please please add some more place ............ even its DLC.
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Index Finger
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Incredibly incompetent developer.

Save games are saved to the registry, so you lose everything if you are in need of reinstalling your OS with no way of backing up (At least not mentioned by the developer anywhere)
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piduck
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Influent is a language learning game in which you wander around a 3D, cartoony rendering of a small flat, identifying everything you see in a foreign language. The spatial aspect of the game is interesting and does help you remember nouns, and the timed trials to find a list of objects is pretty good as a challenge. However, the way adjectives and verbs are handled is... interesting. They're assigned to related nouns, in a way that spans from obviously good to downright confusing. I think maybe with a lot of practice this system might make a bit more sense but I never got there.

The real killer for this as an educational application is that there is not nearly enough content. 300 words is not even remotely near enough - XKCD's famous Up Goer Five uses the top 1000 words, and you need about 3000 words to be able to put vaguely sane sounding sentences together. I can get that this isn't a full language learning application (there's no grammar at all) and that's fine. But considering all this does is teach you vocabulary, despite its other strengths, this game just doesn't teach you enough vocabulary to be useful. So despite the endearing art style, the slick Dustforce-esque soundtrack and the cool concept, this game needs an order of magnitude more content to be anywhere near worth its asking price (£7 last I checked). And remember, that's *just* for vocabulary. To pick an example to contrast, Duolingo does grammar, idiomatic usage, full text translation, pronunciation guidance *and* a much wider range of vocab, on a portable platform, for free. If you're intereseted in educational games, maybe have a look at this for an example of a slick product that partially succeeds, with ideas worth considering. But if you're actually trying to learn a language, this does far too little of just a narrow slice of what you need to be of significant use.
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All In
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
So where's the game? I mean, you've got some word association minigames but what about the story? What do you actually do in this game? Good for learning the names of household items but not much actually happening, no character interactions or conversations to demonstrate the language, only one location, no story to accompany the learning process. Honestly you're probably better off with google translate.
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nieku
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Fast way to learn basic vocabulary. The Japanese pack has some mistakes, but overall it is great. So far I've only noticed minor things.
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meow - movie morning
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Great for vocabulary and reading training!
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Loner Henkka
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It IS handy for learning common vocabulary but you won't be learning a language by only using this. I would personally suggest using this for gaining a broader supply of words but using the free website Duolingo at https://www.duolingo.com/ for actually learning the technical parts, like forming sentences and such stuff. Using both of these is a good way to start learning languages.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Influent is a language learning game in which you wander around a 3D, cartoony rendering of a small flat, identifying everything you see in a foreign language. The spatial aspect of the game is interesting and does help you remember nouns, and the timed trials to find a list of objects is pretty good as a challenge. However, the way adjectives and verbs are handled is... interesting. They're assigned to related nouns, in a way that spans from obviously good to downright confusing. I think maybe with a lot of practice this system might make a bit more sense but I never got there.

The real killer for this as an educational application is that there is not nearly enough content. 300 words is not even remotely near enough - XKCD's famous Up Goer Five uses the top 1000 words, and you need about 3000 words to be able to put vaguely sane sounding sentences together. I can get that this isn't a full language learning application (there's no grammar at all) and that's fine. But considering all this does is teach you vocabulary, despite its other strengths, this game just doesn't teach you enough vocabulary to be useful. So despite the endearing art style, the slick Dustforce-esque soundtrack and the cool concept, this game needs an order of magnitude more content to be anywhere near worth its asking price (£7 last I checked). And remember, that's *just* for vocabulary. To pick an example to contrast, Duolingo does grammar, idiomatic usage, full text translation, pronunciation guidance *and* a much wider range of vocab, on a portable platform, for free. If you're intereseted in educational games, maybe have a look at this for an example of a slick product that partially succeeds, with ideas worth considering. But if you're actually trying to learn a language, this does far too little of just a narrow slice of what you need to be of significant use.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
It IS handy for learning common vocabulary but you won't be learning a language by only using this. I would personally suggest using this for gaining a broader supply of words but using the free website Duolingo at https://www.duolingo.com/ for actually learning the technical parts, like forming sentences and such stuff. Using both of these is a good way to start learning languages.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
I am a language teacher and was given a free copy by the developers to review.

It is great as a platform for vocabulary acquisition but you are not going to learn a new language just by exploring somebody's apartment! I would prefer it if the developers focused on expanding the game world rather than adding more and more languages...

I will give this a thumbs up as it helped me learn quite a few French words in a short space of time. I learnt no grammar and very little I could use when speaking to people. As I said great as a 'vocabulary learning game' but not really the 'language learning game' the developers promote it as.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Good game, please add more languages, maybe greek, hebrew, ya know the older ones :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A great way to expand your vocabulary arsenal.
you will learn tons of new words, mostly everyday items.
super effective way to learn, you will acquire new words pretty fast.

Keep in mind that this aren't suppose to teach you the language, it's for increasing your vocabs
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Incredibly incompetent developer.

Save games are saved to the registry, so you lose everything if you are in need of reinstalling your OS with no way of backing up (At least not mentioned by the developer anywhere)
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348 of 363 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Before you buy this game, make sure you are buying it for the RIGHT reasons. This game is amazing, exactly the kind of learning style I love and was looking for.

BUT

If you are buying this game to learn how to speak fluently (For me, fluent Japanese) by solely relying on this game and nothing else, you will be very disappointed.

If you are buying this game as just one of the many tools to help you learn a language, and you consider yourself a visual learner, then this is perfect in my opinion.

Being able to click any object in the house and instantly be told what it is called, is the next best thing to having a native speaker with you while you point at things asking what they are called. As a huge plus with using the game, you see how it is written; in Romaji, Hiragana, or Kanji depending on what you pick if learning Japanese, which helps a lot more for me personally than just hearing audio alone. Oh and I highly recommend only using Kana instead of Romaji, you will be glad you did in the long run.

The time challenge mode turns the game into a scavenger hunt, making your brain work to remember what each thing is called. I feel that having to recall something, especially with a clock counting down, helps you memorize the words.

Alongside basic nouns from clicking on things in the environment, you can also unlock adjectives and verbs associated with each noun. I really like that because it adds context in a way; like clicking on the word "bed" has the verb "to sleep" available to learn.

So in the end, please use this game as a wonderful tool to master your language alongside your many other tried-and-true methods. I am certainly enjoying it and I feel I am memorizing the words much quicker than looking at definitions in a book. The audio is also very clear and easy to understand.

As for any negatives, I just have a few suggestions rather than anything actually negative. It would be nice if you could do the time challenge mode where objects light up and you have to type in what the object is called, or maybe choose from a multiple choice list. Right now it is just one direction, you hear the word and click the right object, never the other way around. Also if there was an option to have the speaker say the word again but slowly, to catch those quick syllables.

Weather you decide this game is for you or not, please go out there and learn a new language! Trust me, it feels amazing! :)

ATTENTION, NEED TO KNOW TIPS: When doing the time challenge, you have to DOUBLE click an object to select it as your answer. I don't think it tells you that, or I didn't notice. :) Double clicking outside of the game mode, will bring up a window with more details on that object/word you are clicking. Also, when you click on your vocab list, click a word, and there is a little "eye" icon you can click to see what the word is in your native language. I also HIGHLY recommend reading all the hints at the top left of the screen to get the most out of this game, it doesn't take long to read them all. Have fun all!
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580 of 639 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
Ok, so this game seemed great at first glance. The whole concept of studying language while playing a videogame probably seems fantastic for every gamer like me, who also likes to broaden his knowledge everyday. However, Influent isn't what I expected it to be. I didn't do much research before buying, just a short review by someone who generally praised the game but mentioned lack of insight on japanese "kanji", which immediately put japanese pack off my to-buy list. Therefore for starters, I picked up french pack.

After a bit more than 1 hour of playtime, I can pretty much say that for me the game is a large disappointment. The whole game is situated in a small condo which contains about 400 different objects that you can interract with, and consequently learn more about them in order to improve your vocabulary. Those consist mostly out of basic household items.
In French, gender is of crucial importance, and although the game tells you which gender a certain object is, when you actually learn them, gender pronouns or indefinite articles are excluded from the actual word. For example instead of "une lampe" or "la lampe" you'll study "lampe", which means you'll still need to study gender separatly. Furthermore, the game doesn't cover one bit of grammar.

The game itself isn't particularly fun either, since one is as already mentioned, trapped inside a small condo. If the game would include also some other everyday areas like playground, trainstation, gym, school etc. it would vastly improve the vocabulary covered, but I'm afraid this will either never be available or will be purchasable as a "dlc", for which I honestly wouldn't waste a cent anymore since I don't consider the 400 foreign words to be worth of 10€, while you can learn them for free in (in a sense of content) much better covered "game" called Duolingo, or Anki.

Summary: I love the basic idea, but it lacks a lot of content. Although it is obviously considered as a supplement to your language studies, I still believe that it could've included a lot more than just bare 400 words.
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A developer has responded on Apr 5, 2014 @ 6:18am
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681 of 857 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
So far, 30% of the words have been loan-words (katakana). The rest are alternatives to the same word; verbs, which losely apply to the nouns they're tied to; and maybe 10% are adjectives which are the only thing I can imagine being useful in everyday speech.

You're confined to a tiny apartment and although you can open cupboards and drawers you find mostly duplicate items of what's laying around. There are no ways to look out into the world beyond the apartment and nothing to offer beyond basic vocabulary that you can get for free at a site like Memrise.com
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A developer has responded on Apr 5, 2014 @ 6:35am
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151 of 166 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
GREAT CONCEPT BUT LACKING CONTENT

First off you must understand this is a vocabulary learning game and nothing more. If you dont have another form of learning the language this game is pretty much useless. I got this to brush up on french I had learned in high school. I paid $5 for it on sale and even at that price felt slightly disappointed. I had no idea you would be restricted to a one bedroom apartment with access to only learning 400 mundane names of household items. If this game was expanded to a small town type environment where you could go to say the store, a trainstation, etc. This game would be 5 stars, If a DLC was released with at least an equal number of new words in a new environment i would consider paying another $5 for it.
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